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TeleCommunications Systems Wins U.S. Army Contract to Provide Deployable Satellite Solutions

August 8, 2008
By Katie Packard

TeleCommunications Systems Incorporated (TCS) has received an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity delivery order with a potential value of $246 million. The delivery order is to the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Life Cycle Management Command (CECOM LCMC) for its rapidly deployable and highly secure satellite communication access to broadband satellite services.

Raytheon Receives $412 Million Contract for Advanced Missiles

August 8, 2008
By Katie Packard

Raytheon Company has been awarded a firm-fixed-price, $412 million contract by the U.S. Air Force for Lot 22 production and delivery of the AIM-120C7 and AIM-120D advanced medium-range air-to-air missiles. In addition to providing the AIM-120D missiles, the contract also provides foreign military sales customers with AIM-120C7 missiles.

SprayCool Awarded Contract for Unmanned Aircraft Signals Intelligence Application

August 8, 2008
By Katie Packard

SprayCool has received a contract from Northrop Grumman Corporation's ISR Systems Division to provide its liquid-cooled enclosures for the U.S. Air Force Airborne Signals Intelligence Payload 1C program. The enclosures will house signals intelligence (SIGINT) electronics for the Air Force's SIGINT-equipped MQ-1B Predator Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) in support of Predator's tactical warfighting role.

BAE Systems to Extend Royal Navy's Medium-Range Radars

August 6, 2008
By Katie Packard

BAE Systems has been awarded a $194 million contract by the Ministry of Defence to provide next-generation medium-range radars (MRR) for the majority of the Royal Navy surface fleet and for the future aircraft carriers.

U.S. Navy Selects GeneSiC for Small Business Innovation Awards

August 6, 2008
By Katie Packard

GeneSiC Semiconductor Incorporated has been awarded two small business innovation research (SBIR) awards by the U.S. Navy. The awards allow GeneSiC to develop high-voltage silicon carbide (SiC) devices that are critical for enabling the integration of high-power radars, directed energy weapons (DEW) and ship propulsion systems with the modern on-board power sources.

WareOnEarth Communications Receives Contract for Information Assurance Technical Services

August 6, 2008
By Katie Packard

WareOnEarth Communications Incorporated received a cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity, $9.5 million contract to provide technical services that support U.S. tactical and strategic operations with emphases on information assurance and automated sensor systems. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center, Charleston, South Carolina, is the contracting activity.

SFA Awarded $10 Million Contract

August 6, 2008
By Katie Packard

SFA Incorporated is being awarded a cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for $10 million for the research, development and applications-oriented activities in the generation of sensing systems, integrated optics and communication systems. Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.

Stanley Receives Contract for U.S. Marine Corps Information Systems Office

August 6, 2008
By Katie Packard

Stanley Incorporated has been awarded a five-year, $22 million firm-fixed-price contract by the Global Combat Support Systems-Marine Corps (GCSS-MC) to continue support of the logistics information systems (LIS) office. Stanley will provide program management, software configuration management, system operation and system maintenance support services.

Lockheed Martin to Accelerate Product and Delivery of Radar Systems

August 6, 2008
By Katie Packard

Lockheed Martin Maritime Systems and Sensors (MS2) has been awarded a firm-fixed-price contract for $84,287,332 for accelerating the product and delivery of the 12 enhanced AN-TPQ-36 initial production radar systems currently listed as options in another contract (W15P7T-06-C-T004). CECOM Acquisition Center, Forth Monmouth, New Jersey, is the contracting activity.

From Beanbags to Bomblets

August 4, 2008
By H. Mosher

U.S. military ground troops have received their first fully modular ground robot system that can launch a variety of munitions, from 40-millimeter beanbags to 40-millimeter high-explosive grenades. The Modular Advanced Armed Robotic System (MAARS) features a unibody chassis with a plug-and-play design, so warfighters will be able to expand its capabilities as new accessories and attachments become available.
As currently designed, MAARS works at a range of over half a mile from the human controller. Features include loudspeakers, a green pulsing laser and a two-way communications system. MAARS also can be used to launch smoke, star clusters and pepper spray as well as engage the enemy with an M240B machine gun firing 7.62-millimeter ammunition.

MAARS is a tracked vehicle that can traverse a variety of terrains, including stairs, but it also can be outfitted with wheels to increase travel speed while reducing noise. The turret also can hold a drop-in manipulator arm as well as several types of weapons and sensor packages.

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